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Mo Pitney coming to River Arts Center


Join River Arts on Saturday, October 1st at 7 p.m. at the Sauk Prairie River Arts Center (105-9th Street, Prairie du Sac, WI) to see classic country artist Mo Pitney live! Mo Pitney took the country music industry by storm with the release of his single, “Country” in 2014. Since then, he’s released two albums “Behind this Guitar” and “Ain’t Lookin’ Back,” which reached Billboard’s Top Ten Country Albums chart the first week of its release. A regular guest on “Country’s Family Reunion” and recently an opening act for Josh Turner and Diamond Rio, Mo exudes classic country at its finest. Tickets are $35/adults and $15/students and can be purchased online: www.RiverArtsInc.org/mo-pitney, in person at River Arts on Water (590 Water Street, Prairie du Sac), over the phone at 608-643-5215, or at the door the day of the show. Mo Pitney is sponsored by Consumer’s Coop.

Join River Arts on Saturday, October 1st at 7 p.m. at the Sauk Prairie River Arts Center (105-9th Street, Prairie du Sac, WI) to see classic country artist Mo Pitney live!

Tripp Museum receives grant


The Donor Advisory Board of the Ochsner Family Fund voted to award $500 grants to three local charities at its annual meeting August 24. Siblings Carl and Judy Ochsner of California presented $500 grant checks Friday, August 26, to the Sauk County Historical Society and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. A third $500 grant was awarded to the Sauk Prairie Area Historical Society/Tripp Heritage Museum. The Ochsners emigrated from Switzerland to Wisconsin in the mid-nineteenth century. They prospered and rose to prominence in Sauk County, where one of the original family farms is still in operation near Plain. The Ochsners donated the land that is now the Ochsner Park and Zoo in Baraboo and they were involved in building Park Hall in Sauk City. Although many of the family have moved out of the area, several descendants return each summer to visit and provide financial support to area nonprofits through the Ochsner Family Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of South Central Wisconsin. The Ochsner Family Fund was established in 2008 and receives support from Ochsner family members all over the world. The Community Foundation of South Central Wisconsin is a nonprofit public charity whose mission is to encourage charitable giving, matching local gifts to local needs. Governed by a volunteer board of community leaders, the Foundation is based in Baraboo and serves Adams, Columbia, Iowa, Juneau, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon counties. The Foundation has distributed $10 million in charitable grants since its founding in 1998. Donations to support the Foundation’s work may be sent to the Community Foundation of South Central Wisconsin, PO Box 544, Baraboo, WI 53913. For more information, call (608)355-0884 or email director@cfscw.org.

The Donor Advisory Board of the Ochsner Family Fund voted to award $500 grants to three local charities at its annual meeting August 24. Siblings Carl and Judy Ochsner of California presented $500 grant checks Friday, August 26, to the Sauk County Historical Society and the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Community Read discussion dates coming up in October


Sauk Prairie Healthcare CEO Shawn Lerch, reads the book ‘Solito, Solita’ which is this year’s Community Read organized by a committee of the Sauk Prairie Social Justice and Equity Initiative (SPSJEI). Lerch is a member of the SPSJEI. Since September 1, the book ‘Solito, Solita’ has been available for free pick up at either Sauk Prairie Library. ‘Solito, Solita’ (Alone, Alone) is a collection of oral histories that tells—in their own words—the stories of young refugees fleeing countries in Central America and traveling for hundreds of miles to seek safety and protection in the United States. Three opportunities to discuss the book have been set for October. Prior to the discussion of the book, there will be a presentation by a person with personal experience as an immigrant to the US. Each session will feature a different presenter. After the speaker’s presentation, the group will be divided into small groups for discussion of the book. No registration is required. The dates are: · Tuesday, October 11 at 1 pm- George Culver Community Library- Sauk City · Monday October 17 at 10 am- Ruth Culver Community Library- Prairie du Sac · Thursday, October 20 at 6 pm- Ruth Culver Community Library- Prairie du Sac SPSJEI, Sauk Prairie Social Justice and Equity Initiative, invites the Sauk Prairie area community to these gatherings for learning, sharing and discussion.

Sauk Prairie Healthcare CEO Shawn Lerch, reads the book ‘Solito, Solita’ which is this year’s Community Read organized by a committee of the Sauk Prairie Social Justice and Equity Initiative (SPSJEI). Lerch is a member of the SPSJEI.

Mazomanie and Black Earth community events

Local Author Fair at Black Earth Library

 

Arena news

by Mariah and Cheryl Schmidt

Bread & Puppet Theater bringing puppetry to Mazomanie


The circus is coming! The circus is coming! Bread & Puppet Theater is making a rare cross-country tour this fall, with performances coast to coast, from New York to Seattle, Los Angeles to New Orleans, and even in Mazomanie, Wisconsin! The iconic political puppet theater company is bringing The Apocalypse Defiance Circus to over 50 cities and towns. Bread and Puppet Theater will present “The Apocalypse Defiance Circus” on Tuesday Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m, outdoors in downtown Mazomanie, at the Performing Arts Pavilion. The performance is by suggested donation ($10-25) with no one turned away for lack of funds. The show is approximately one hour long. The Apocalypse Defiance Circus, is a bright, raucous melee of short acts governed by a brass band, addressing the heart of the current moment with diverse puppetry styles and spanning many moods, from slapstick to the sublime. After the show Bread & Puppet will serve its famous sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread & Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread & Puppet Press – will be for sale. Bread and Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Believing that theater is a basic necessity like bread, the company frequently brings its work to the streets for those who may not otherwise go to the theater. Its shows are political and spectacular, with puppets often on stilts, wearing huge masks with expressive faces, singing, dancing and playing music. Bread and Puppet’s performance in Mazomanie is hosted by the Wild Rumpus Circus/Mazo Movement Arts Center, which has been creating hands-on circus, theater and movement experiences for youth through seniors since 2001. ”We are honored and excited to share the work that we have been inspired by for decades with our local community,” states Wild Rumpus Circus’ co-director, Marcia Miquelon. Co-sponsors of this special visit include Dane Arts and WORT-FM.

The circus is coming! The circus is coming! Bread & Puppet Theater is making a rare cross-country tour this fall, with performances coast to coast, from New York to Seattle, Los Angeles to New Orleans, and even in Mazomanie, Wisconsin!

River Arts workshops


An example of a painting from the “Fearless! Youth Paint Nights” program.

River Arts Inc invites you to attend our October studio workshops! Information on each workshop offering below:

 

Youth Workshop: Multi-Generation Project with Kate Franzmann

Sunday, October 2, 2022 | 12-3 p.m. (drop-in any time)

$20/pair, open to all ages!

590 Water Street, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578

Black Earth Historical Society celebrates 30 years

By Gary Ballweg

 

The Black Earth Historical Society has been celebrating its 30th year in 2022. In 1992 the society was formed when Patrons’ Mercantile Cooperative gave the depot building to the village of Black Earth to be used as a museum. 

...and a new one for the Sauk City Fire Department

The Sauk City Volunteer Fire Department proudly introduces the newest addition to its fleet, Ladder 9. It is a 2022 Pierce Velocity 100’ Ascendent Mid-Mount Aerial Tower, replacing the 1992 Spartan-Simon LTI that has been in service for the last 18 years.

An old fire truck in Black Earth...


The Black Earth Historical Society Museum at the Depot is open to the public for the last time this weekend, on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. As always, there is no admission fee. This Sunday features 1933 fire truck, pictured above. The Black Earth Fire Department will display their 1933 model fire engine at the Black Earth Historical Society’s Museum at the Depot on Sunday, Sept. 25. The Fire Department is featured with many other items inside the depot. This photo was from the August 3, 1978 issue of the News-Sickle-Arrow. This year there are new displays featuring some history of the Black Earth Fire Department (the largest item in the display is 145 years old and has been in at least four firehalls here in town). Also featured is Clarence Obright, the village’s longtime Police Chief and public works employee and Cliff Mickelson with his lifelong career with service stations in Black Earth. There will be plenty of new photos and items (some very surprising ones) that you have never seen. If you have not visited the museum in a couple of years, you will find that most displays have been replaced or added to. For some more information on the Black Earth Historical Society celebrating its 30th anniversary, as well as some photos, see page 2.

The Black Earth Historical Society Museum at the Depot is open to the public for the last time this weekend, on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. As always, there is no admission fee.

This Sunday features 1933 fire truck, pictured above.

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